Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on the GI Bill. “The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, signed into law on June 22, 1944, and colloquially known as the GI Bill, was a landmark piece of legislation that offered educational benefits, low-cost mortgages, low-interest business loans and unemployment benefits to returning World War II veterans. In the 75 years since its passage, the transformative potential of the GI Bill has continued, as it has provided economic and educational opportunities to generations of veterans.”
Maryland State Archives Facebook: Today marks the first day of Black History Month 2019. . “In honor of this annual celebration, we have updated our Legacy of Slavery in Maryland database to include the names and regiments of over 1,000 United States Colored Troops, who are interred at the Loudon Park National Cemetery.”
CBC: How Omar Khadr’s name appeared in a Google search for ‘Canadian soldiers’. “Earlier this week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tweeted a screenshot of some curious Google search results. A search for the term ‘Canadian soldiers’ returned a photo of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr who was accused of killing a U.S. soldier in 2002.”
UVA Today: After Court Case, UVA Students’ Tool Could Help Veterans Get Key Benefits. “How can families – and the VA officials assessing their claims – prove that a particular ship was in the Agent Orange exposure zone, defined by the legislation as within 12 nautical miles of a boundary off the coast of Vietnam Currently, that process involves looking through handwritten deck logs or other archived documents to prove eligibility. It’s a time-consuming process for veterans, their families and the VA. That’s where Brian Harris, Jackson Sutherland, Alexi Himarios and Matthew Jacobs come in. They knew there had to be a better way.”
KSTX: UTSA Awarded Grant To Collect Oral Histories From Women In The Military. “The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $100,000 to the University of Texas at San Antonio to collect the oral histories of women in the military.”
State Archives of North Carolina: Announcing the Veterans Oral History Project!. “The State Archives of North Carolina & North Carolina Government & Heritage Library are proud to present the Veterans Oral History Transcription Project featuring 12 remarkable women.” They need transcription help.
I mentioned this on RB briefly back in July, but now it’s launched! Slate: Who’s Behind That Beard?. “Together with Ron Coddington (editor of the magazine Military Images), Paul Quigley (director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies), and a group of student researchers at Virginia Tech, [Kurt] Luther crafted a free and easy-to-use website that applies facial recognition to the multitude of anonymous portraits that survive from the conflict, in the hopes of identifying the sitter.”